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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.


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    1. Craig...I cant open it on my Mac. Something I am missing? It downloads but doesnt open.
    2. Same Design as Richard Holdman's but with my Radio Station.
    3. They are just out for the season. He will have new ones in 2010. Keep a look out for them on here. By the way...Cats freak me out!
    4. I would have voted for WIMP but wanted to actually vote. But then again I dont live in WI either.
    5. Has anyone ever seen or have pictures of a display where this was done? Or some sort of "snow" effect was implemented?
    6. Agree. I'll test a tiny section in the back back back of the yard and see.
    7. We check Spelling Around Here Chuck...its THEM not Then.
    8. Good idea. Thanks Carrie. I wonder if you can get that stuff at Home Depot. And FYI...my wife hates this idea but I hate brown and green grass in December with my display.
    9. Has anyone ever painted or dyed their lawn white to look like snow with their display. I know...I know...those of you up North dont have to worry about faking snow. A couple of years ago I saw someone on TLC do it for one of those Crazy Christmas Light Shows. Anyone have any information on what dye or paint you would use, amount needed per size of lawn, pictures of it done, pros and cons, etc, etc. Thanks
    10. I think between all the questions...you should have a beer. Thats a lot of thinking!
    11. Yes Thank You Chris. It looks like Scott Weber used a 32ft high "tree" with 16 lines to create his cone and a 10ft diameter. He used two 24ft strands plugged together to run it from top to bottom at 1.25-1.5 turns. So 48ft of Lights.
    12. I have never met Chuck...but I would bet you would create the above with a working excel sheet...and post it...he would take credit it for it and rename it Chuck'cel.
    13. Of course I was just joking. Maybe we should come up with a diagram or rundown of: "if the height of your tree is "x", and your diameter is "x", and you use 16 (or whatever #) lines down from your tree to create the cone shape at "x" ft or inches apart...then your light string needs to be "x".
    14. Are you speaking English? I got lost when you said "calculation". What does that mean?
    15. I shall agree but I guess its up to that persons interpretation of their tree. The only people that even know or care would be us PC'ers. I dont think ur every day family of light lookers would pull up to your display and tell you that your Mega tree is actually only 14ft...therefore its really a mini-mega tree.
    16. According to the PlanetChristmas.com's "How Do I..." Section on Mega Trees...a Mega Tree can be anywhere from 6ft to 100ft+.
    17. I too want to know about the flashers/strobe effect he has. What are those? Its really cool. As for the balls...Richard Bowen on PC made some of those a few months ago. His do not turn like (rib to rib) but instead just change colors falling off of his roof. http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=35574&highlight=sphere Once again...Great overall Display Scott.
    18. Look...when all is said and done these ideas everyone creates arent referenced as The Marty Slack Fan, The Ken Maxwell Arch, The "Whoever" Mega Tree, and lord knows who claims Mini Trees made out of Tomato Cages...they are called Fans, Arches, Mega Trees and Mini Trees. This will be a Spiral Tree. The implementation and presentation are amazing. Great job Scott. Its your implementation that will cause others to copy, tweak and create their own in years to come.
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